Keyboards are probably one of the most sensitive apps on our phones, having access and handling practically everything we type. I’ve stopped using keyboards that require network access and started using only opensource apps a few years ago. What are your favorite, privacy-respecting android keyboards?
So far, I’ve found these alternatives:
These are the alternatives I’ve been considering. If you know about other opensource keyboards to extend this list, pleas let me know
Pros/cons of each one of the keyboards I’ve used, based on my usage and preferences:
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Nothing better than Hacker’s Keyboard.
Change my mind.
But if you want asian or other complex alphabet languages support, look elsewhere.
I personally use SwiftKey which came with my phone for that, but all other time it’s hacker’s keyboard.
Florisboard without a dubt, I’ve tryed many but none such feature rich and carefully developed
I’m following its development very closely. It’s already the coolest one but I can’t use it until the developer is done with the autocorrector
I’ve only used AnySoftKeyboard, but I will definitely try these other ones out. Update: I have tried SimpleKeyboard, Openboard, and FlorisBoard and have now switched to the last option!
I like Simple Keyboard the most. I never liked auto-completion and such, and its ability to swipe left/right on the spacebar to move the cursor, and swipe left on the delete-key to pre-select the text that’s going to be deleted, are really nice. OpenBoard and FlorisBoard also have those, but neither feel as good to me as the implementation on Simple Keyboard.
OpenBoard along with FlorisBoard some times. Once FlorisBoard gets suggestions support, I’ll probably switch to it completely.
I love the concept of 8vim but i miss accentuated characters and a practice game so i use anysoft keyboard for now
OpenBoard. ASK is cool too. I might give FlorisBoard a spin tonight.
By the way, I created this issue to have keyboard recommendations on Privacy Tools, if anyone is interested to chip in.
I use Gboard
Definitely Florisboard, I’ve tried all of them and I wouldn’t switch back to any of them, it has really goo aesthetics and you can customize its appearance even more (although this isn’t finished yet and could be done better) and they are constantly updating it and from what I’ve seen they want to a add a lot of cool features like gliding writing, they already support some gestures and so on. Regarding language support they don’t support a lot already but they generally ad a few with every update.
It’s stable enough to use everyday? I’m using OpenBoard but maybe I give it a try later.
Yeah, it works flawlessly, the only thing is that it doesn’t have predictive text but maybe now it was added. My phone has been broken since the last 2 weeks or so.
Okay, thank you!
AnySoft is great for languages that use Latin characters. For some of my friends, its lack of Japanese and Chinese support is an issue, but since I don’t normally type in those languages, AnySoft is great for me.
It also lacks Bangla keyboard so that’s that.
My requirements for any keyboard is that both Esperanto and Tajik are supported, which rules out most of them, I think.
So, with AnySoft, you can just turn off all predictive text and it still supports any Latin characters. You just have to manually type.
I have been using Microsoft Swiftkey for 5-6 years or so.
I use the Yandex Keyboard because I like the typing flow. It’s probably not secure but it’s no nonsense like swift or Google have.
I use OpenBoard because I had an easier time (than with ASK) setting up a usable Bépo layout on it.
AnySoftKeyboard is nerd friendly and feature rich. I recommend OpenBoard to those migrating from GBoard.
AnySoft is pretty great! I especially like that it has the ability to swype. It may not be the best but it’s the only open source keyboard I know that has that capability.
Swipe typing never seemed to work well for me unfortunately, so I just tap type in old school fashion. I am happy with it, though. I hoped swipe typing worked :(
Yeah I like anysoft a lot